Veterans Day 2019 Events at the Museum

Please join us Sunday, November 10 and Monday, November 11, 2019 for multiple events happening at the Naples Museum of Military History.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Open House

Please join us for an Open House and special displays to celebrate the United States Marine Corps birthday.

12:30 pm – Portrait Unveiling & Marine Birthday Cake Cutting

Portrait unveiling of Neal Boortz, Sr., Marine Corp Pilot who served in WWII, Korean and Vietnam.
Meet the son of Boortz, Sr. — author, former attorney and renowned syndicated radio talk show host, Neal Boortz, Jr.

Sunday & Monday, November 10 & 11, 2019,  12 Noon

Performing both Sunday and Monday at 12 Noon, Steve Smith will sing “Welcome Home” a song he wrote in honor of his father’s service and the lackluster welcome he received upon returning home from Vietnam.

Guests of Honor, Monday, November 11, 2019

Wayne Smith
Wayne graduated from Air Force Academy in 1965. He served as a pilot in Vietnam from 1966 until he was shot down on his 90th mission over North Vietnam in 1968. Wayne was held at the Hanoi Hilton for 5 years and was finally released in March 1973.

After the war, Wayne flew Bowing 727 for Eastern Airline for a short period of time and became executive of several very successful chemical and energy companies.

the devil's bodyguard book coverArt Matson
Art is the son of Duff Matson who severed with a group of the First Special Service Forces (FSSF) members known as the “Devil’s Brigade” during WWII. (Hollywood made the movie “the Dirty Dozen” dramatizing stories on some of the “criminal soldiers” of the unit members.) Duff Matson was the bodyguard of the FSSF commander, General Robert Frederick. The book, “The Devil’s Bodyguard” detailed his service during WWII and many successful businesses after leaving the military.

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500 Terminal Drive, Naples, FL 34104
Located in the North Road Terminal

(614) 205-0357

Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday Noon - 3:00 PM

FREE Admission (Donations accepted)